Lawn aeration is an important part of lawn care maintenance that should be done regularly, especially for high-traffic lawns. While there are many strategies for aerating your lawn, let’s look at what it is and why it’s an essential part of lawn care maintenance.
What is Lawn Aeration?
Aeration is the process of creating holes in the ground to ensure that air, nutrients, and water gets to the roots of the grass. Routine aeration is a great way to keep a healthy, green lawn.
Benefits of Lawn Aeration
Aerating your lawn has many benefits. It helps enhance drainage and decreases water runoff that can lead to moss development. Also, it helps to reduce soil compaction in high-traffic areas. Foot traffic causes compaction. When compaction happens, air and water don’t circulate properly.
Another benefit of lawn aeration is that it helps control thatch development. Thatch is a layer of mainly dead grass that dies and gathers just above the soil.
If you aerate the grass regularly, it will boost the health of the turn and prevent pests and diseases that may harm your lawn.
Lawn aeration can be done in two ways, turf aeration and core aeration.
Turf aeration uses spikes to create holes in the soil. You can use a spike aerator, aerations shoes, or a hand aerator. Turn aerations can help a low-traffic lawn to feed to roots with air, water, and nutrients. However, it’s not suggested for a high-traffic yard because it adds to the compaction problem.
Core aeration is most advantageous when compared to turf aeration. This method plugs holes to create a hollow shaft where air and water will enter and circulate much more effectively. Instead of adding to the compaction, it opens up a hole where the roots will grow, allowing nutrients to get to bigger and deeper roots to feed them.
If you want a greener and healthier turf, consider adding core aeration to your routine lawn care maintenance.
If you have a lawn that gets no traffic, you can aerate it once per year. However, for medium to high-traffic lawns, we suggest you aerate them at least twice a year or as often as necessary. You can tackle this task on your own, or you can hire a lawn care service to do this for you.
Contact Nichols Reliable Lawn Care & More at (479) 502-2192 if you need professional help caring for your lawn.